GCS Teacher Resigns After Making 'Unacceptable Comments'

GREENSBORO, N.C.-- A Guilford County Schools (GCS) teacher resigned Thursday after she allegedly sent a text message containing a racial comment.

A school official confirmed to WFMY News 2 that drama teacher, Erin Pellarin, resigned on June 4.

The representative said Pellarin used her cell phone as a tool to critique her students' work in her drama classes. Somehow, the representative said, students got a hold of Pellarin's personal cell phone June 2 and found the message.

The representative could not tell WFMY News 2 the contents of the message or if the message was about a student. The spokesperson did say, however, the message went to someone who had no affiliation to Ragsdale or Guilford County Schools.

Pellarin resigned after a school system investigation.

The school's principal, James Gibson, released this statement about the incident:

"The staff at Ragsdale is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students. We deeply regret the unacceptable comments made by our former teacher (to a person not affiliated with GCS) and are working to reassure our students that those views are not tolerated in our school. We want our students and families to feel comfortable bringing any concerns to us. By working together, I believe we can continue to make Ragsdale an outstanding place for all young people."

School officials won't reveal what the comments were, but did say they were of a "racial" nature.

Pellarin had been at Ragsdale since August 20, 2014.

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